Kirby, Mary R. Letter to Sarah L. Kirby Hallowell Willis.


Handwritten letter from Mary R. Kirby to Sarah L. Kirby Hallowell Willis, September 9, 1841.


September 9, 1841

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                                      Jericho the 9t of 9 month 1841

                   Altho [sic] I thought what I might put on paper would be
of little worth, but I love my children and my thoughts would flow
to you, we have very seldom had the company of these two daughter her [sic]
at our table this summer, but believe love continues unabated
last first day James and Elizabeth took tea with Jacob and myself W and
Matilda at her Fathers – at the tea table James sais [sic] to Elizabeth has the [sic] told
that we are abought [sic] to move away she said no  It was entirely new to us
he said he expected to go the next morning to Hempsted [sic] Branch to se [sic] what ag
=reement they could make with Isaac Heveland to put up a building for [their
[net?] business, and to hire an house their [sic] for he & John Cornelius to go on with
that business, it was so new and unexpected we knew not what to advise too
but to endeavour to do right, and set a double guard on the tounge [sic] try to
part in friendship – which they expresst [sic] a wish to do it apeared [sic] to be a try
-al [sic] to them on their fathers [sic] account who remains feeble. they did not say
that any thing new had transpired that caused them to leave – James said
their [sic] was too much business for him too [sic] attend, too [sic] and it might be better
for his father to get a smart man to carry on the farm, but they felt as
tho [sic] their begining [sic] was very small but Elizabeth seamd [sic] to have a pleasant [sic]
look a head, [sic] they thought to keep one Cow no horse she thought she could
not get home as often nor make so long visits, she thought maybe they could
get to meeting as much as now, but I hard^l^y see how  she and James both
look thin and older  John C looks well but WK does not his Bowels some
affected he is not quite so turbulent     we have made several short visi^[ts?]^
their [sic] this summer. the Old Man allways [sic] if able to walk comes very soon in
to sit with us and mostly remains till we leave, I have never faild [sic] steping [sic]
in to see the girles [sic], but they neve [sic] step in to see us, a few day past we
heard Smith Mott was going their [sic] if so they can carry on both factory and farming may be he will not mind the girles [sic] scolding

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I knew my paper was cut of [sic] but I concluded it would hold all I had
Aunt Phebe not come, have not heard any thing only they did not get home
as Jefferes [sic] calculated           Matilda spent near 2 weeks ^at^ south [her Brot] Jacob and
I carryd [sic] her down spent a day dind [sic] at her fathers – took tea at Johns calld [sic] at Jameses [sic]
Esra[sic] and wife calld [sic] to see us at her fathers we had a pleasent [sic] visit the Old man
enquierd [sic] after you, said he thought you very smart folks seamd [sic] glad to here [sic] of
your well duing [sic] & & James Ethan and Jesse [Pettet?] Marry’s [sic] husband with their
families are now ready to leave their [sic] native Ile [sic] for the City of Zion as thy [sic]  term
it to join the great Prophet Joe Smith where they are building a temple standi
ng on 6 oxen to be coverd [sic] with gold it is a great tryal [sic] to their father says
it is nothing but deseption [sic], when Matilda returnd [sic] a Niece came with her spent
3 days a young women [sic] Marys daughter she was quite an interesting girle [sic]
it is very conterary [sic] to Matildas mind – but she has given it up as chearfully [sic]
as any one, they dont go by Rotchester [sic] ^but^ by Phidel they have had a letter stating the
Ohio river is so low they had better ^wait^ a few days, when she left their [sic] one week ago
other wise they would been gone on, Ed & Mary R came up to the weding [sic] left this
second day morning Ed looks better sais [sic] he is well tho [sic] thin yet he has pertty [sic]
much given out visiting you this fall  Obe & Patty leave this afternoon to
attend Elizabeth Loins weding [sic] this week, I have scarsely [sic] seen W Robb but Sister
Esther appears well suited with their jouney [sic] mention very great kindness & attention
you bestowd [sic] on them their [sic] & that they could not had so good a companion as Jefferes [sic]
was seamd [sic] to know so much. James C Hevaland obtaind [sic] a minute to attend
Indiana Yearly Meet gone all a lone as we here [sic], said ^to Robert and Abigail^ he did not what he
had to doe [sic] after he got their [sic], he had a little tought [sic] of Richard Cromel
going but he faild [sic]

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We had a quiet clever wedding at Johns a very handsom [sic] table furnish
we left early before the Orringes [sic] rasins [sic] & amons were handd [sic], it was a dark
and rainy eve. we left Sue to keep house, she is here yet how long she
will stay we cant [sic] tell  Samuel J Underhill has given her a discharge
and Jacob feels for her, for her fathers sake, & as long as she does so well
she is abought [sic] as much help as nead [sic] but their [sic] is little calculation on her
she says give my love to the gals                   how is Jane has she been homesick  I
not [sic] my love to her also to Mary HP Mary Dale I here [sic] Matilda dont [sic] grow muc^h^
   a very poor time for fruit,. and cabbig [sic] all most [sic] none but fine winter
 Squashes and very good           we had a pleasent [sic] visit from Robert & Abigai^l^
Seaman on last first day, who gave us an acount [sic] of a mariage [sic] lattelly [sic]
accomplisht [sic] at NY the friend [name] Dr Fuswell ^a widow^ from Philedel [sic] she a widow
in NY it was accomplisht [sic] at her brothers by the name of Church if my memory
is correct, Church said to the Dr. if he had some accquaintanc [sic] on the city he was
free he should invite. George Tremble & Dr Wright Amos W Sone [sic] were [oversg?]
at the hour appointed they the [Ovesees?] went the room wass [sic] pertty [sic] much filld [sic]
some they knew, some they did not Isaac T Hopper James S Gibbion Arthor [sic]
Tappen & & & – after a little pause they spoke George Tremble waited on them
they sinde [sic] their names and George was up to read the Certificate.  Isaac T
Hopper stept [sic] to him ^and said^ the [sic] cant [sic] read this C, G replied I have no wish only
I consider it in the line of my appointment ITH said here James S G the [sic] take
it & read it, but he stept [sic] not forward and then [then] ITH repeted [sic] it again &
took the Certificate out of George’s ^hand^ handed to James who read it and Church
was so displeased with it that he left the room, now this is as I heard it.

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[Text in top left margin]

of the gals a bundle [sic]
          open it [as?] it contains

[Text in bottom left margin, upside down.]

Pleas [sic] write wether [sic] E P Will
will be willing to have charge
of a bundel [sic] for thee Sarah so
I may have it in order I think
the [sic] will nead [sic] thy towels for comon [sic]
use     Our love is to you all
I expect you are all together
yet one letter will serve from
me affectionately farewel [sic]
                   Mary Kirby

[Text in center of page, running downward]

          Sarah L Hallowell

attention of Samuel Hicks

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